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MEET
VENNIA

VENNIA FRANCOIS
Vennia lives in Windermere, is a business development and commercial transactions attorney in Orlando, and a state officer for the Florida Federation of Republican Women. As a first-generation American, who was born and raised in Central Florida, Vennia is a passionate defender of American Exceptionalism. Her parents instilled in her a reverence for America’s freedoms and ideals, which is her inspiration for running. She believes in fighting for what is right even when the odds are stacked against her. When Congresswoman Val Demings looked like she would run unopposed in 2020, Vennia stepped up to the challenge and became the Republican nominee.

 

Vennia is a graduate of Florida A&M College of Law, the University of Florida, Lee College and Edgewater High School.  After law school, Vennia worked for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez as a policy advisor, and at the U.S. SEC in consumer protection against fraudulent and deceptive financial practices. She serves on multiple non-profit boards, including Matthew’s Hope, Downtown Arts District, House of Hope, and the Civil Rights Studies Alliance. Vennia is an active member at Calvary Assembly.

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PUBLIC SERVICE

Vennia has devoted virtually her entire career to public service. In 2005, while still in law school, she was appointed by Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty to the county’s Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise Committee (MWBE). That same year, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed her to the Certification Appeals Board of Orlando, where she conducted hearings ensuring the integrity of the MWBE program. She held both positions for nearly two years. Vennia also interned for Florida Republican Congressman John Mica and Florida Republican Senator Mel Martinez.

After graduating from law school, Vennia joined Senator Martinez’s staff full time as a policy advisor. After Senator Martinez’s retirement, Vennia continued in this role for his successor, Republican Senator George LeMieux. She developed expertise in a wide range of policy issues affecting Floridians, including education, banking, labor, and transportation.

In 2011, Vennia moved to the private sector, where she remained for two years before returning to public service in 2013 as a contract attorney for Lockheed Martin. Lockheed assigned her to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she worked in the Enforcement Division, helping to protect the public from fraudulent and deceptive financial practices. Among other things, she was an integral part of a team prosecuting several high-profile court cases and enforcement actions. She remained at the SEC through November 2017.

Vennia is now a corporate transactions attorney with a law firm in Orlando.

REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP

Vennia believes in being part of the solution, not just talking about what’s wrong. She is currently the 3rd Vice President for the Florida Federation of Republican Women. Prior to that, she was active with Young Republicans and College Republicans while attending The University of Florida.  After college, Vennia worked as an intern with Republican Congressman John Mica.  

 

In 2016, Vennia was named as an African-American National Steering Committee Ambassador for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, assisting the campaign with African-American voter engagement. In 2020 when it looked like Congresswoman Val Demings would get walk back into office without opposition, Vennia stepped up to the challenge and became the Republican nominee to for Congressional District 10.

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COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY

Vennia believes we all have purpose in life, and when we find it, the community benefits.  For Vennia, her interests range at-risk youth and families to law and arts.  She serves on the boards for Matthew’s Hope, Orlando Downtown Arts District, House of Hope, Civil Rights Studies Alliance, and United Abolitionist, the leading human anti-trafficking agency in Central Florida.

 

In her free time, she enjoys music, tennis, and golf (which she is terrible at but continues to work on). She is also a die-hard Florida Gators fan. Vennia grew up singing with her sisters at their church, Calvary Assembly of Winter Park, Florida, where she, and her family have been members for over 40 years. While at Lee University, she sang with the Lee Singers, the University’s premier vocal ensemble. Vennia traveled extensively with the ensemble as an Ambassador for the University, performing nationwide and abroad.

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